Beef Sinigang Soup

    2 hours 10 minutes

    Sinigang is one of the national dishes of the Philippines, quite similar to Thai tom yum. It's a hot and sour soup which can use beef, pork or shrimp and a variety of local vegetables. Sour tamarind pulp or powder can be bought at Asian markets.


    Washington, United States
    3 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 4 beef short ribs (thin ribs)
    • salt and pepper
    • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
    • 4 cups (1 litre) water
    • 1/2 cup tamarind liquid, either from soaking pulp or from powder
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 1/2 onion, sliced into half moons
    • 1 fresh chilli, sliced
    • 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 3 bunches baby bok choy, cut into large chunks
    • fresh coriander, to garnish

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

    1. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan, season the ribs with salt and pepper and brown the meat well. Add the garlic and the saute it a minute, until it just starts to get some colour.
    2. Add the water and bring the pot to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer on low 1 hour.
    3. Add the tamarind, lemon juice, fish sauce, onion, chilli and tomatoes and simmer 1 hour more, until the meat is falling off the bone.
    4. Add the bok choy and simmer five more minutes. Taste for sourness and add more fish sauce and lemon juice is necessary. Garnish with coriander.

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